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Meet the judges for the Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020

by | Aug 28, 2020

When selecting a judging panel for the inaugural Twyg Sustainable Fashion Awards, I thought deeply about the diversity, experience and reach of the judges. I wanted a panel that would be equipped to judge the different areas of fashion that are important to Twyg. These are the beauty of fashion, fairness, innovation, social justice, development, environmental impact and quality of execution. I was very proud of the selection of a very successful panel which brought an excellent set of skills and knowledge to the judging process.

Find the nomination form here. 

I’m delighted to have secured the same panel for 2020. Not only am I very happy to have everyone on board for their intellectual input, I think it’s really important to have continuity. The judges will be able to use last year’s entries as reference and comparison for this year’s entries: this creates a deeper understanding of progress and challenges in the industry.

I’m happy to welcome the return of our five judges to the 2020 Twyg Awards judging panel. Thank you for your time and for your commitment to the awards.

Kelly Fung 



Kelly is a content and creative director. She is the former content director of Superbalist, an online retailer; former editor of ELLE magazine and former fashion director of MARIE CLAIRE South Africa. She has a deep understanding of the fashion industry, both local and international. Over and above her excellent editorial work, Kelly is one of the country’s leading fashion stylists.

Fezile Mdletshe-Mkhize 



A PhD candidate and lecturer at Durban University of Technology, Fezile focusses on building capacity to grow a local, ethical and sustainable clothing industry. Through her fashion academy, Fezile Fashion Schools Academy, she teaches fashion masterclasses in design, sewing and pattern-making.

Desiree Smal 



With more than 25 years of experience in design education, Professor Desiree Smal is currently the Vice Dean: Teaching and Learning of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) and Associate Professor: Department of Fashion Design, FADA at the University of Johannesburg. For her PhD, she researched sustainable fashion practices in South Africa and developed a tool for teaching sustainable fashion. She has participated in international conferences on sustainable fashion and her recent academic paper, “Sustainable fashion in South Africa: A case for design-led environmentally sustainable fashion design praxis” was published in the book, “Global Perspectives on Sustainable Fashion”.

Cyril Naicker 



Both in his personal and professional capacity, Cyril supports the growth and development of South Africa’s clothing and textile industry. He is the CEO of Imprint Luxury, the country co-ordinator of Fashion Revolution South Africa and a qualified fashion designer. Off-duty, he is a foodie and wears Proudly South African fashion.

Aaniyah Omardien 



After spending ten years working at WWF South Africa, Aaniyah founded The Beach Co-op, an NGO focussed on changing consumer behaviour through cleanup activations. She works closely with researchers and academics to ensure that the message and work of The Beach Co-op is relevant. Last year Aaniyah attended the Library Study Hall conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Co-ordinated by the international, sustainable fashion activist Celine Semaan, the conference title was “Sustainable Design: Fiction or Reality”.


  • To enter first read the criteria and categories here, then complete the nomination form here. If you have any problems please email
  • The awards are sponsored by the clothing brand Country Road, and PETCO, the recycling company specialising in the recycling of PET bottles and products. 
  • Picture credit: Picture of Desiree Smal by Lauren Mulligan. Others supplied
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